Weekend Preview

Breeders’ Cup / STC Trophy / Areumdaun Jilju Returns

One of the best developments in Korean racing over the past few years came two years ago when Korea’s very biggest races were made open to horses from both of the peninsula’s thoroughbred tracks. Although Busan Race Park opened in 2005, it wasn’t until 2008 – when the first foals to be attached exclusively to the new track came of age – that horses from Busan could compete in the Korean Triple Crown races.

Last year another two races – including the Grand Prix Stakes were opened up to the Southerners. More progress has been made this year. Seoul’s top two stars Tough Win and Dongbanui Gangja met for the first time in Busan while earlier this month, Busan horses – and jockeys – returned to the capital to sweep the placings in the President’s Cup.

Wrapped Up: Chae Gyu Jun will be back at an even colder Seoul to partner Hwallyeok Energy

This weekend for the first time, the nation’s two-year olds get in on the inter-city action in Sunday’s Breeders’ Cup at Seoul Race Park. Open only to two-year old colts and fillies who were both bred and born in Korea, it means all the entrants will be eligible to take part in next year’s Korean Triple Crown series. Five youngsters from Busan have made the trip North, chief among them the unbeaten filly Hwallyeok Energy.

For Seoul, Gaemamusa and Sun Hero are among the leading contenders. However, there is a lot of potential all the way through the full field of fourteen that will go to post under the floodlights on Sunday afternoon. See below for a full list of runners, records and riders.

It’s set to be a chilly weekend in the capital with the threat of sleet or even snow on Saturday. While the newcomers in the Breeders’ Cup are the highlight, there are a number of more recognisable names racing for big prizes over the weekend. Indeed at Busan on Friday Areumdaun Jilju, previously Busan’s top home-grown horse, returns after nearly a year on the sidelines. Now six-years old, he has a record of 14 wins from 23 starts and has never been out of the money. How fit he is will be tested to the maximum though against a small field containing regular winners Wonder Unicorn, Yoreumbi and Deep Desire.

If that wasn’t enough, on Saturday at Seoul it’s the Selangor Turf Club Trophy
which has some emerging imported talent in it. Skiff’s Chic (With Distinction) and Blueband Mama (Purge) join unbeaten Grand Ace (Grand Slam) in the event which features two Malaysion jockeys. They are Salleh Mutaza and Veerapen Sivan. Unusually for Korea – and in a most welcome development – both visiting jockeys have been given additional rides thorughout the day.

Breeders’ Cup (KOR.GIII) – Seoul Race Park – 1300M – November 28, 2010 – 17:00

1. Heukdujangun (Busan) C (4/2/1/0) – Jo Chang Wook
2. Sun Blaze (Seoul) C (3/2/1/0) – Park Tae Jong
3. Cheonji Horyeong (Seoul) C (3/0/2/1) – Jung Ki Yong
4. Mustang King (Seoul) C (2/1/0/1) – Cho Kyoung Ho
5. Hwallyeok Energy (Busan) F (3/3/0/0) – Chae Gyu Jun
6. Gaemamusa (Seoul) C (4/2/0/0) – Park Eul Woon
7. Absolute (Seoul) C (1/1/0/0) – Park Byeong Yun
8. Haesan (Seoul) C (4/0/2/1) – Moon Jung Kyun
9. Dallija (Busan) F (3/2/1/0) – Lim Sung Sil
10. Soseuldaemun (Busan) C (6/2/1/1) – You Hyun Myung
11. Useung Touch (Busan) F (2/1/1/0) – Yang Young Nam
12. Winette Dancer (Seoul) F (3/1/0/0) – Oh Kyoung Hoan
13. Sun Hero (Seoul) C (4/1/2/1) – Moon Se Young
14. King Field (Seoul) C (5/0/1/2) – Lee Sang Hyeok

And here’s what’s happening when and where:

Friday November 26

Busan Race Park: 10 races from 12:00 to 18:00
Jeju Race Park: 10 races from 13:00 to 17:30

Saturday November 27

Seoul Race Park: 12 races from 11:20 to 17:50
Jeju Race Park: 10 races from 12:10 to 17:30

Sunday November 28

Seoul Race Park: 11 races from 11:20 to 18:10
Busan Race Park: 6 races from 12:40 to 16:30

Seoul Race Park looks nice in the snow - there's an outside chance we could see some this weekend

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